FIVE weeks and counting, and Mike and I leave for Haiti. First we will head to Miami for a day. We have never been there, so I am hoping to grab dinner at a nice Miami restaurant. We also want to be sure to get there in plenty of time before meeting the medical team. We have to catch the plane to Port au Prince and I do not want to miss it! Never can trust O’Hare Airport for on-time departures, and I don’t want to be arriving in Haiti on our own…
We have been collecting tons of medical supplies for the trip. Mike is getting lots of surgical needs from work. I am so pleasantly surprised with all the donations people are offering. It is a wonderful blessing and so refreshing to be a part of it all.
I have also been doing some shopping for the trip. Not for us ~ we’ll wear scrubs most of the week (my favorite days-in-residency outfit!) I have been shopping for the children at the orphanage and JONATHAN! I decided to buy our little boy some new clothes. We recently learned Jonathan will be allowed to stay with us a majority of the trip. So, I thought it would be fun to have some new outfits for the little guy while we are with him. I also have been getting some toys for him. Yes, I hope to be able to bribe him to like us when we first meet with gifts. Maybe he’ll think of us as “those people who give me stuff” and enjoy being together. It’s worth a try anyway!
I am really beginning to get excited about this adventure! I have been reading so much about Haiti and mission trips. I have absolutely no idea what to expect and I am keeping an open mind about it all. I am trying very hard not to create any expectations and take it all for what it is. I know the entire medical part of the trip will be foreign to me, so it’s all going to be a new experience ~~~ a new world, new job, and new son. It is so exciting!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
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Saturday, September 29, 2007
Kate went on her very first field trip last week. The kindergarten classes went to the Pumpkin Patch after studying pumpkins in school. There was so much to do. There was a corn maze, haunted shed, petting farm, inflatables, a play yard and so much more. Kate loved the blow up slide the best. She wasn't too happy when her teacher made the boys and girls get off after not following the rules. :-O
It was really a fun day. The bus ride was exciting as it was the first time on a school bus for many of the children. Packing a sack lunch was pretty cool. But the best part of all for Kate was having mom on the trip, too! Kate loved having her mom chaperon the group!
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Friday, September 28, 2007
Go Hubs! Tonight was homecoming at Rochelle High School. The girls participated in the half-time show with the high school cheerleaders. They spent some time practicing with the squad this week and worked on a routine for the performance.
The girls had a blast and loved cheerleading. Kate enjoyed seeing some of her High School Preschool teachers and Meg enjoyed learning the moves to the chants. It was so fun watching them out on the field performing. The hard work paid off and the Little Rahs did a great job!
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Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
When the last scene of my life appeared before me,
"Lord, You said that once I decided to follow You,
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Thank You, Jesus, for listening to my prayers! Grandma is forever living in Your glory and Your loving home. I pray for everyone who grieves over the loss of Irene. I pray they will also find peace within their hearts to love You and know Grandma is eternally happy with You!
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Sunday, September 23, 2007
So, after hearing the great news, my dad asked me if I felt old? I immediately responded with’ “No way. You’re only as old as ya feel!” Ya see I grew up babysitting Michelle and her sisters. I was 10 when I started watching the girls and did so all through college. Kellie, Michelle and MariKate were like my little sisters and my second family. They would stay with me on Siblings Weekend at ISU and were all junior bride maids in my wedding. Even my Kate is named after MariKate. These girls have a very special place in my heart! I have memories shared with them I hold dear to me and love them more than words can describe!
Sure, we are all getting older ~ I know by the increasing number of candles on my birthday cake each year. And, yes, it was surreal to watch Michelle and Kellie walk down the isle on their wedding day. And even more heart-warming knowing MariKate is now a nurse helping “fix” children in the ER as I did once for her when she would fall at the park and skin her knee. However, not because they are growing up or I am getting older. Life is full of changes ~ every day new beginnings take place and milestones are met. The experiences don’t make me older ~ just more in awe of the miracle of life and all God graciously blesses us with each day!
Welcome, Baby Jacob! I cannot wait to meet you, little buddy! Michelle and Scott, I couldn’t be happier for the two of you! I pray you have many blessed days filled with joy as you raise your son. Nothing can compare to the feelings of parenthood and I wish you only love, happiness and health for your family! I love you guys!
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Thursday, September 20, 2007
Kate just loves kindergarten thoroughly! She can’t say enough about her teacher and just loves the day’s activities. From playing “Shark and Minnow” in P.E. to center time in the classroom, she is having a blast at school and is learning so much. I am so glad she is enjoying school and adjusting so easily to a full day’s schedule. My little girl is growing up and I couldn’t be more proud of her!!!
I love you, Tater Tot!!! xoxo Mommy
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Remember the 1983 movie Mr. Mom with Michael Keaton? Do you recall the scene when he enters the living room in construction gear and a chainsaw ready to renovate the house. He approaches his wife's boss who asks about the electrical part of the job, "Are you gonna make it all 220?" Mr. Mom, aka Jack, covers up for his less-than-knowledgeable self by telling his wife's boss he will wire the house with "220... 221, whatever it takes!" He was clueless about the electrician work...
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Monday, September 17, 2007
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Saturday, September 15, 2007
September 15th is Jonathan's birthday ~ today he turned TWO!!! What a blessed day for him!!! To think less than 3 months ago he was very sick and without a family. The Lord is so faithful and He is blessing our little boy everyday with a wonderful home, loving people and strength to good health! Thank you, God!
Happy Birthday, Little Buddy! We cannot wait to meet you and give you birthday wishes in person. November cannot come soon enough. Until then, we pray for you and pray that God continues to bless you, Sweetie!
Many hugs and kisses and lots of LOVE,
Mommy and Daddy
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Friday, September 14, 2007
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Thursday, September 13, 2007
Back-To-School night was tonight at the children's school. It's a night where all parents are invited to meet the teachers and discuss the curriculum, class rules and all other important details for the school year. It is also the night when PTO desperately pleads for needed volunteers, passes out materials (which I know very well no one reads any of it) and advertises the BIG fundraiser ~ all with a HUGE smile! Being the PTO president again this year, it's the one big event for me to organize. I am sooooo glad it is over. I have spent the last 2 weeks making copies, collating packets and preparing; but now it's done! Yahoo!
So, now it's on to bigger and better things ~~~ BEING A MOM! I have noticed recently that having a third and a fourth grader is way more demanding than last year. There is way more homework, way more studying time and way more stuff to do for school. Not only that, but after school activities have become more demanding. The kids really need to be at sports practice, really shouldn't miss a meeting and really need to keep up with their commitments. So, now it is time for me to step up and keep them going... We are going to be in need of a consistent homework schedule along with fitting in the extra curricular activities.
It's a lot of work! And, I revisited my reoccurring thought today of how BLESSED I am a stay-at-home mom ! They need me and I am so lucky I can be there for them! Everyone who knows me knows I periodically torture myself with the fact that I miss teaching. However, when I think about working, I always come back to the same conclusion that I want to be here for my kids. So, as homework time has increased this school year and we now have 3 kids in after school activities, I am so thankful I am able to take care of their every need whenever they need!
I love my little bambinos and love their busy lives! Well, I don't like all the busyness, but I do love taking care of them!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
It's been a very busy 2 weeks around here. I haven't had any time to post... If you would like to know something we have been up to, please check out this blog titled Jonathan....
You'll probably be able to guess who his forever family will be....
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007
The house and yard is pretty dried up as of now. We still have some water above the sea wall, but the dock is usable again (too bad our ramp to the dock was destroyed....) We were SOOOO LUCKY the water did not get into the house itself, and only the garage and crawl space will need cleaning from the flood. We did lose our brand new boat lift ~ some think they saw it a down the river a ways under some drifted trees and other collected garbage. Hopefully we will be able to fish it out once the water recedes and salvage something of it. If not, we hope insurance will cover it...
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Monday, September 3, 2007
Hebrews 11:6 Without faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who truly want to find him.
A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured all the change out on the floor and carefully counted it three times, just to be sure. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes. Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and walked the six blocks to the local drug store with the big Red Indian Chief sign above the door.
The little girl walked in, heading for the pharmacy. She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but he was too busy talking with another man. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally, she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter.
That did it!
”And what do you want?" the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. "I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in ages," he said without waiting for a reply to his question.
"Well, I want to talk to you about my brother," Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. "He's really, really sick... and I want to buy a miracle."
“I beg your pardon?" said the pharmacist.
The little girl replied, "His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?"
”We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I can't help you," the pharmacist said in a slightly softer voice.
She persisted, “Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn't enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs."
The pharmacist's brother was a well dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, "What kind of a miracle does your brother need?"
“I don't know," Tess replied with her eyes welling up. "I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money".
”How much money do you have?" asked the man from Chicago.
“One dollar and eleven cents," Tess answered barely audibly. "And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.”
”Well, what a coincidence," smiled the man. "One dollar and eleven cents is the exact price of a miracle for little brothers." He took her money in one hand and grasped the other mitten covered hand, saying, "Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the kind of miracle you need."
That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, surgeon, specializing in neurosurgery. The operation was completed without charge and it wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well. Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.
The mother said, "That surgery was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost." Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle costs - one dollar and eleven cents - plus the faith of a little child.
Do not be afraid to ask your miracle working God to work a miracle in your life today. Remember that in God’s economy, a miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law.
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Sunday, September 2, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
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